The Temple College Music Department will present a concert version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center.
This production will be a collaborative effort by the Temple College Chorale, the Temple College Orchestra, and members of the Temple/Belton community. Dr. Sara Harris Baker will direct the show, and the orchestra was assembled and rehearsed by Mary Fairlie.
The lead roles will be performed by Trey Shonkwiler as Quasimodo, Priscilla Santana as Esmeralda, Terry Livingston as Frollo, Ollie Scott as Phoebus and Sean Clark as Clopin.
Based on the 1831 novel by Victor Hugo, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is about a deformed young man named Quasimodo who spends his life locked away by his uncle, Frollo, in the bell tower of Notre Dame Cathedral. Quasimodo rings the bells day and night and has no contact with the outside world until he ventures out into the streets of Paris one night and meets a gypsy woman named Esmeralda who shows him compassion and kindness.
The novel was adapted for screenplay by Peter Parnell. Alan Menken composed the music and Stephen Schwartz wrote the lyrics. Menken also wrote the music for “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.”
“This will be a concert production, so there are no costumes or set or staging, but rather the focus is on the amazing music,” Baker said. “It’s a large and ambitious undertaking to put together so much music, but both groups are rising to the challenge.”
General admission to the performance is $5. For more information on this concert and other upcoming music events, call the Temple College Fine Arts Division office at 254-298-8555 or visit www.templejc.edu.